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Wednesday, January 27

January 27, 2016
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Poetry Workshop: We did a self-portrait prompt and a song “cover” prompt today in class, to gather material for the coming storm. I sent out workshop invites to everyone: be sure you have accepted! The tentative deadline for the first-round poem will be Thursday, Feb. 4 by 8:45 a.m. — we’ll confirm or adjust that on Monday.

Fiction Workshop: Today you filled out a short story report (Fiction 1.27.16 – Short Story Report) and then you shared some of your thoughts on your individual stories with the class. Thanks for being thoughtful! Remember, this was all to get you back into the swing of thinking about fiction, specifically, and what elements we can pick out and talk about when it comes to workshopping a piece. Keep the Norton Anthologies for now – read some more if you can.

In class you got a schedule, and then filled out a mad-libs style sheet that outlines the requirements for your first round piece. If you were absent, these sheets are in the box next to my desk, waiting for you to pick them up. Ask me if you have any questions (and it’s likely that you will – it’s a little complicated).

Regarding the prompt, remember that you should be presenting these different events in non-chronological order – and not only that, but should be writing in a way that reveals the significance between the events. On the prompt sheet, they are just listed chronologically with no connection between them – in writing your piece, you will create these connections through using an intentionally arranged plot.

Cultural Literacy: You took a pre-quiz to help me decide how to proceed. We talked about why people don’t like history.

Friday we will use this block to rehearse for the LAVA reading Feb. 3. It might not take the full time, so there might be a sliver of class remaining. If there is, we’ll talk about these quizzes and what comes next.

BatCat: Lots of stuff is going on – remember, I’m relying on you to move forward on many of these elements. If you need help or resources, let me know, but know that you are allowed to take action when it’s appropriate.

Survey: CNF: We talked about the two “building blocks” of CNF, the moment (what actually happened) and the riff (your commentary on what happened). You “mapped” out your afternoon using both terms.

Then we brainstormed a list of firsts — first heartbreak, first plane ride, first concert, first pet, etc. You chose one “first” and wrote a moment from it. Your homework for Monday is to write a riff on that moment, on the index card I gave you. Have the card ready to turn in then.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we read the first 13 pages and watched the first 10 minutes of Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951). Here’s the rest of the screenplay, if you’d like to check it out: Screenwriting – Strangers on a Train.

You took notes on a basic screenplay style – specifically, the person and tense that we’ll be working in (3rd person objective, present) and the sensory details that we will focus on (visual and audio). You also took basic notes on spectacle.

You made a paper frame and we went around the halls, trying to think in images and focus on specific “shots.” Your homework is to do more of this: Screenwriting 1.27.16 – Assignment 1 Spectacle. This is due on Monday, Feb. 1. If you have any questions, let me know!

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